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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Built It Games Review & Giveaway


A new twist to some old classic games

Ever lived this scenario?  

You want to have a 'family' time with the kids, so you ask: 

 "What would you like to do for fun today?"

Then as soon as the words come out of your mouth, you want to grab them back.  You just know you are going to get at least 2 different answers.... and so it starts:

 "Let's do some coloring!!"

"NOO, we did that last time, I wanna play a game!"  

And the fight begins.  Oh no! What began as an innocent question, turns into an all out battle!  

If you have lived this, I have found a great solution to this all too common dilemma!


I Built It Games satisfies your crafty child AND your game lover!  They have taken classic games and made them so you can personalize each.  I really can't say it any better then they already have on their site:

Every "I Built It!" game comes with amazing new "Jumbo Sized" game pieces that work like mini-picture frames. You get to add any kind of picture inside every piece! Choose photos of family and friends...or create your own art with crayons or paint. Try stamps or stickers to make your game glitter...or glow in the dark! Add a theme that makes you laugh or helps you learn! Then make your game new again to change with the seasons, for holidays and special occasions, or just because it's so fun to create ...and even more fun to play!

I was attracted to this as a home educator.  The possibilities are endless.   Whatever we are studying can be made into a game.  Presidents? print some pics, match them up to their years served in office ...vocabulary? write the words, then play the game and give the spelling and definition before you can move your piece....math? solve the math problem to make your move.  
As you can see, the ideas are limited only by your imagination.

Currently available: (click on the picture or name to read more)

Instantly Build your own customized game of Memory Match and Tic Tac Toe that can change as often as your child's imagination!


Instantly customize these amazing chess sets! These familiar yet uniquely shaped chess pieces easily hold your favorite pictures.
This is the one we were able to review.  The checker pieces are 2 3/4 inches in diameter and will hold 1 3/4 inch pictures.  HUGE pieces.  Great for those smaller hands.  We loved coming up with different ideas of what pictures to put on the pieces.  The only argument now is who gets to use their choices first.  
 View this video to see how easy it is to personalize your game: 


I Built It Games is coming up with some new titles also:
Fun and exciting race through the jungle! Kids, ages 3 and up, can become jungle adventurers by racing jumbo size game pieces filled with their own photographs.

This fun variation of Ludo lets you kick those pesky monsters out of your closet and move them around the board to send them back to a cave where they belong!
 Imagine the smiles and fun when your child can say : "I built it myself".  This will be one game they will want to play and share over and over!  

I Built It Games is generously offering one of you a free game AND everyone gets a $10.00 coupon code.
At check out use this code:  MBLOG1  Code expires June 30, 2011






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Monday, May 30, 2011

Hapari Swimwear review & giveaway

CONGRATULATIONS TO
KRISTEN
ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!!!!



I dislike shopping of any kind.  My least favorite is the one I have to do every week..groceries!  UGH~!  Clothes shopping, I dread!  Shopping for a swimsuit?  Watch me run screaming for the door.  The days of looking good in a swimsuit are long gone.

Hapari swimwear is the brain child of a couple of designer moms.  They realize that most women do NOT have swimsuit bodies.  They've solved the problem of finding swimwear that looks stylish, fits well and flatters using body shaping secrets.

There are two details about Hapari swimwear that I find brilliant.  First, you can buy the tops and bottoms separately!  There is a reason they came up with describing our bodies as fruit...ya know, apple, banana or pear. We are odd-shapen, admit it!  Just take a look in the mirror. But who ever thought of comparing a women's shape to fruit. I can picture it now..."Honey, does this make me look fat?"   "Well, no dear, but you do look like a pear!"  I find that, well, 'fruity'  But I digress....

The second brilliancy is you can wear the tops in 3 different ways:





 Whatever style you find most comfortable or flattering...you can mix it up!






Want a cover up?  They have it 'covered'.  Like a skirt or short instead?  No problem.  How about men & boys?  Yes, 2 styles to choose from.  Junior and girls sizes are provided for the ladies styles.
One stop shop for your family's summer swimwear needs.

We chose this for my daughter:
Unfortunately she is in the in-between size of junior and women.  The largest junior size was too small, while the smallest women size was too big. It was a bit of a disappointment.  

The customer service we received was fantastic. When I called about an exchange, she explained the dilemma they are having for this in-between size and warned me that the next size would be too big.  She gave me the option to order something else.  We decided to give it a try, but she was right---TOO BIG!  

I also received this Cap Sleeve Shore.  I have worn it several times. It is very comfortable and soft.  Love it to use underneath a low-cut shirt.
Hapari is offering a $96.00 gift card to one of YOU!
  
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Winner will be drawn June 21, 2011 (first day of summer) using random.org and notified through email. Please respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen.  


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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Week At a Glance 4

May 22 - 28 2011

This is my first attempt at hosting a blog hop.  
Feel free to join and recruit your fellow bloggers!
  
The rules are simple.  
1.  Write a post about your week, Anything you want! Or just link to your favorite post of the week.
2.  Please copy and paste the Week At a Glance button to that post. 
3.  Come here and  link up your post below.  Linky will be active from Saturday - Tuesday!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Girls Can't WHAT? Review & Giveaway

Congratulations goes to:
Turq with comment #65
the winner of a t-shirt or tote

AND

The mystery winner is:
saveone, commenter #16
She chose the Pick & Draw Card Game!
have fun!





I was attracted to these products by the company name: 

Girls Can't WHAT?  
Gotta love attitude!  :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Meet Me On Monday 

Questions:

1.  What is your favorite bagel flavor?
2.  If you had an extra $100 right now, what would you spend it on?
3.  What is the last thing that you felt guilt about doing?
4.  Soft serve ice cream or hand dipped?
5.  Are you allergic to anything?
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Peacemaking: God's Part


I have been attending a peacemaking class at our church for several weeks now.  What a great class it has been.  We are using a book called The Peacemaker by Ken Sande.  

Saturday, May 21, 2011

My Week At A Glance 3

May 15 - 21, 2010

This is my first attempt at hosting a blog hop.  
Feel free to join and recruit your fellow bloggers!
  
The rules are simple.  
1.  Write a post about your week, Anything you want! Or just link to your favorite post of the week.
2.  Please copy and paste the Week At a Glance button to that post. 
3.  Come here and  link up your post below.  Linky will be active from Saturday - Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Marriage Bundle Download from Eternal Encouragement Review

May 29, 1982
aren't we cute?

Rather appropriate that my Gabby Mom mission this month is to review the Marriage Bundle download 

from Eternal Encouragement.  This is a compilation  published over the years concerning marriage.  


Every marriage needs help.  I don't care how great a marriage you think you may have...today it may be wonderful...without working at it, tomorrow it can fail.


This bundle includes:


2 Audios:  
5R's Session 2: Rekindle (awww....a little romance, maybe I should have a certain someone read this)
One Life to Live:  (gentle reminder that this IS for life)


4 E-books
Loving your Knight in Shining Armor Even When He Doesn't Shine (do you have one of these?)
Roadmap to a Marvelous Marriage (brush up on your map reading skills)
Marriage Tidbits to Treasure (golden nuggets to hold dear from some famous people)
Quotes Not Quibbles (my hubby's favorite:  "I got gaps; you got gaps; we fill each other's gaps."   'Rocky')
Marriage Report  (do you have a passing grade?)


7 E-Booklets
31 Daily Biblical Prayers for Wives to Pray for Their Husbands (prayer changes people, these will change YOU)
Encouragement Report (a little dab will do ya! on some days I need a lotta dab)
Don't Settle (every teenage girl or even boy should read this one)
SHIMLY (I won't tell what this means but when you read it, have tissues handy)
What God Says about Marriage (why not go to the source?)
75 Inexpensive Romantic Rut Cures (enjoy one a week to rejuvenate your marriage)
It Happened One Afternoon (a story of love and a miracle)


2 magazine back issues
2001 Summer Issue TEACH Magazine "Loving Your Husband" (many, many helpful words)
2009 Spring Issue TEACH Magazine "Marriage Made Marvelous"  (you and have one)


This bundle is valued at over $100.00


Yet, You can get these words of wisdom about marriage from Eternal Encouragement for only $39.97 e-version.  Or if you prefer to hold it in your hands (like I do), $49.97.


Every marriage is a priceless treasure.

How are you guarding yours?


*I received a complimentary copy of To Have and To Hold from Eternal Encouragement for my honest review.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Train of Thought Game Review & Giveaway

THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN

HEAVENSENT1 WITH COMMENT #41

AND

TORI WINS THE MYSTERY PRIZE COMMENT #50




My family is definitely a game family, well  most of us are anyway.   Every family has a least 'one' party pooper...we have 2 (they are twins that just happen to be 30 years apart in age.....like father/like son).

I have 2 favorite items to review:  Home school material and GAMES!  When the 2 come together in one, that's even better.  Enter Tasty Minstrel Games (I'm wondering where the name came from)

The 3-Fold Mission of Tasty Minstrel Games (from their website)

  1. To build up and support families.
  2. To provide intellectual stimulation through games.
  3. To provide a consistently amazing experience across all of our games.
I am total agreement with this mission statement. 
First, both Michael & Seth have a desire to bring families together without the use of technology.  Who needs XBox, Nintnedo, Game Boy when you've got Tasty Minstrel?

Second....yea, well, let's just say we found this game very intellectually stimulating!  To put it simple:  it was tough!  The first time we tried it out was in the van on a trip.  I pulled out the cards and gave it a whirl.  To say I was not very good at it would be laughable.  Trying to think of only 3 word clues was tough.  Guess I use too many words.  My 17 year old son on the other hand, was great at it.  A teenage boy---one of few words.  

We then played with the family...a few were great at it, my favorite son-in-law, who happens to be in school to become a lawyer, did as expected from the intellectual he is, my daughter surprised me with great clues and of course, the teenage son.  The rest of us did very well with guessing, but the clue giving....not so much.  I did much better than on the car ride and WON!

Here's a short video to show you what this game looks like: (from Tasty Minstrel website)


Third, this was an amazing experience that I got better at the more I played. Challenging and thought provoking!

This game would be wonderful to use as a vocabulary game in school.  Get rid of the workbook and pull out a game.  The kids would love you for it, Mom/teacher!  Just don't tell them it's part of school....that would ruin the fun ;)

All in all, I would say that Tasty Minstrel has definitely lived up to their mission with this game 

EVERY Friday Tasty Minstrel gives away one of their games for FREE....that's right F-R-E-E.
Click here to find out how to enter.

Of course, Tasty Minstrel has generously offered one of my followers a copy of this game. 
AND remember every entry is eligible to win the 'mystery' giveaway! 


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Winners will be drawn June 14, 2011 using random.org and notified through email. Please respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen. 

LEAVE EMAIL CONTACT WITH EVERY ENTRY, PLEASE!

Several winners of giveaways have been chosen recently without contact info.  
You can't win if I can't contact you !   


*I received a complimentary game for my honest review

Monday, May 16, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Meet Me On Monday


Questions:

1.  Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?
2.  What is your favorite color Rose?
3.  Do you remove your shoes when you walk into your home?
4.  What is your favorite season?
5.  Approximately how many hours a day do you spend blogging?
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

An Obedient HeartI



1 Samuel 15:22-23a

      “Has the LORD great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, 
      As in obeying the voice of the LORD? 
      Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, 
      And to heed than the fat of rams
 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.



Friday, May 13, 2011

Week At a Glance 2


May 8 - 14, 2011

This is my first attempt at hosting a blog hop.  
Feel free to join and recruit your fellow bloggers!
  
The rules are simple.  
1.  Write a post about your week, Anything you want! Or just link to your favorite post. 
2.  Please copy and paste the Week At a Glance button to that post. 
3.  Come here and  link up your post below.  Linky will be active from Saturday - Tuesday!

You can then have fun "hopping" around to read about other bloggers weeks or their favorite post of the week.   

Every week I will pick a blogger to highlight.  That blogger will receive spot #2, please visit their blog and follow them.

Now for My Week At a Glance;


Nice way to begin a week by honoring MOMS!

But do we really need a day to do that? 
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Moms are who they are cuz they can't help it.  I know I can't.  The love, time, care, sacrifice, etc that I give to my kids just comes naturally.  I think it is just something God puts in a woman while she is expecting that grows and grows as time goes by.  So, although it's wonderful to have a least one day a year when moms are thanked, I know that this mom would do what she does anyway. (yea, and sometimes complain about it).   


My kids "thanked" me with phone calls and a dinner.  My oldest gave me a little book where she wrote notes to me reminiscing of times gone by.  She wants this to be something I can read when I am missing her.  It has a permanent place in my purse, as I'll need to be looking at it a lot :)







Last year I got involved in mystery shops.  This is when a company hires me to go into a place of business and evaluate certain aspects of it undercover!  OOOOO....so spy-like.  Seeing that I am a critical person, well, maybe that is a bit harsh.  Let's just say that I usually see the "bad" first.  I do enjoy doing this.  So far I have spied on banks, convenience stores, cell phone retailers, movie theaters, hardware stores, and others.   
Out of this came a job being a greeting card merchandiser in a chain store.  I am the one who has to organize and order the cards on a bi-monthly basis.  
This week this store had a major renovation.  My card rack was downsized from 19 feet to 15 feet, so I had to go in and reset the whole 15 foot display. 
I am an organizer, so I was actually looking forward to this job.  Let's just say I'm glad that I don't have to do this every day.  I'm glad I am able to be a SAHM (stay at home mom).  I was on my feet for 6 hours straight.  Can you say, "ouch, my poor feet?"  But it is done and it looks good!

While checking my emails this week I found a request from a company asking me to do a review.
The very first time I've been sought out.  Hooray!!!  That was quite a boost.  This blogging stuff is very time consuming, I love it or I wouldn't bother, but sometimes I wonder what I'm doing.  This certainly was a morale booster!


We had 2 absolutely gorgeous days in a row!  Fabulous!  I just had to be outside most of the time. I was able to accomplish all the inside work in record time.  Incentives sure do motivate :)
The first day I worked in the flower garden.  Doesn't look like I did much, but what I did looks great!
Here's a wild flower bush my mom and I transplanted a couple years ago.  All weeded and mulched.







The 2nd sunny day I helped my son with his firewood bundles by splitting the chunks of wood.  Boy, was it hot out....not complaining AT ALL.  I love it!